Makeover Chicken Enchiladas

Total Time

Prep: 50 min. Bake: 20 min.


6 servings

Updated: Dec. 20, 2022
Mexican food is often loaded with fat and calories. We were able to take this recipe and make it over to be a healthier version you will be proud to serve to your family.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chiles
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon each ground cumin and dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 cups shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • 12 corn tortillas (6 inches)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onion, divided


  1. In a saucepan, bring the chicken, water and 2 teaspoons garlic to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove chicken; reserve liquid. Cut chicken into thin strips. Set aside.
  2. In a nonstick skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add remaining garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add chiles and seasoning; saute 1 minute. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in 1 cup chicken broth, milk and reserved liquid. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in 1 cup cheese until melted. Combine 1 cup of cheese sauce and chicken; set aside.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat remaining chicken broth. Dip tortillas, 1 at a time, in hot broth just until limp, about 4 seconds on each side. Spoon about 1/4 cup mixture down the center of each tortilla; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon green onion. Roll up and place seam side down in a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Pour remaining sauce evenly over tortillas. Cover and bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through and bubbly. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Garnish with remaining green onions.